Residents say speeding a 'major problem' near crash site

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The bus stop is on the ocean side of Farrington Highway fronting Makaha beach. It's next to homes and Good Samaritans who tried to help.

A memorial of stuffed animals, balloons and flowers fronts the damaged bus shelter where the three-year-old boy died after being slammed into by the hit and run driver.

Erika Ellis tried to help the boys' mother and his three injured siblings.

"It was horrible. They were screaming. They were crying. It was very tragic," said Ellis.

Johnathon Ellis saw the car take off.  "It drove straight down the road with the bumpers hanging and a lot of smoke."

People in the homeless encampment at Keaau say the family was also homeless, a father, mother and six kids.

The oldest 11, the youngest a year old.  They kept to themselves, came and went, and were sometimes seen at the bus stop by residents who live close by.

"I don't know why they decided to stay here last night and not go all the way back down to Keaau. I guess we'll never know," said Kea Klausmeyer-Among who lives near the bus stop.

The father was reportedly across the street with one of children, setting up a tent when the accident happened. People who live along this stretch say drivers need to slow down.

"Every night we hear guys going down real fast. So they need to do something about that.  It's less stop lights on Makaha Valley Road and then once they get past that they just zoom past," said Makaha Resident Ken Hutchings.

"It's people going at least 55 to 65 miles an hour. Sometimes 70, 80, 100," Klausmeyer-Among.

Ken Hutchings wondered, "What's going to happen to the family now?  The father and the children that aren't injured need someplace to stay. Hopefully somebody will step up that has room for them."

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